LAS VEGAS -- Friday the 13th (Day Four) began with 337 players and played down to the final 99. Play lasted approximately 12 hours, as play adjourned at midnight.
Several players jockeyed for the chip
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lead on Day Four. Among them were Hevad Khan, Adam White, Josh Evans, and Dario Minieri. However, the latest chip leader is Dag Martin Mikkelsen, from Stavanger, Norway. He has 3.7 million in chips at the start of Day Five. Charis Anastasiou ranks second with 2.7 million.
There are two former world champions remaining in the field – Huck Seed (1996) and Scotty Nguyen (1998).
There are ten former WSOP gold bracelet
winners remaining in the field including – John Spadavecchia, Allan King, Lee Watkinson, Humberto Brenes, Diego Cordovez, Alex Kravchenko, Huck Seed, Kirk Morrison, Bill Edler, and Scotty Nguyen.
Two survivors won their gold bracelets this year – Bill Edler (in Short-Handed No-Limit Hold’em) and Alex Kravchenko (in Omaha High-Low Split).
Two former world champions went bust on Day Four. Robert Varkonyi (2002) was the first casualty – finishing 177th On the final hand of the night, Berry Johnston (1986) busted out – which meant a 113th place finish.
Poker is certainly a game for everyone. Hal Lubarsky, from Las Vegas, NV proves it. The legally blind man from Las Vegas, NV entered the WSOP for the first time and ended up going out in 197th place. He collected $51,398 in prize money.
Three celebrities began play on Day Four. All three were eliminated, but did finish in-the-money:
# Tobey Maguire (actor – Spiderman, Seabiscuit) – 292nd
# Sully Erna (songwriter and singer from Godsmack) – 237th
# Sam Simon (television producer – Taxi, Cheers, The Simpsons) – 329th
There are two women remaining in the field:
# Kelly Jo McGlothlin (Palmdale, CA)
# Maria Ho (Arcadia, CA)
There are 17 different nations represented among the final 112 players in the main event. Hence, about 27 percent of the field (at the start of Day Five) are international players. Countries represented include:
# United States
# Costa Rica
# South Africa
# South Korea
There are eight Texans in the remaining field of 112 – the most of any state.